How to dye car seat covers

Written by andrea griffith
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Seat covers are designed to add a little spice and colour to your car's interior while protecting your seats. You can find a variety of seat covers at any auto shop or even hardware store. However, if you're looking for a specific colour of seat cover and can't seem to find it, you can also dye the fabric yourself. All you need is a plain seat cover (preferably off-white, cream or beige since they are easiest to dye) and a packet of powder dye.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 package of powdered dye in desired colour
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Large bowl
  • Washing machine
  • 1 cup chlorine bleach

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  1. 1

    Remove the seat covers.

  2. 2

    Wash the seat covers in a washing machine with regular washing powder.

  3. 3

    Hang the seat covers to dry (about 12 hours).

  4. 4

    Fill your washing machine with hot water when you are ready to dye your seat covers. Use enough water for the covers to move freely.

  5. 5

    Pour the powder dye and 2 cups of hot water into a large bowl. This will dissolve the powder.

  6. 6

    Add the liquid dye from the bowl to the washing machine.

  7. 7

    Soak the seat covers in hot water just before dyeing. Shake out any wrinkles and place the covers into the washing machine.

  8. 8

    Set the washer for an extended cycle. The covers should be in the wash for 30 minutes before the rinse cycle begins.

  9. 9

    Remove the seat covers when finished. Run them under warm water, then under cool water. The covers are finished when the water runs clear.

  10. 10

    Hang the seat covers to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • To clean the washing machine: Fill the washer with hot water and add regular detergent with a cup of bleach. Run the washing machine for a complete cycle.

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